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Ireland Illustrated 1680-1860

Ireland Illustrated 1680-1860 is a database of over 500 images of Ireland, with accompanying text, drawn from more than 50 manuscript and printed works, and highlighting several neglected or rarely accessible sources. It contains original short studies and aims to stimulate further research by drawing attention to scarcely known items in libraries in several countries, among them Denmark, Wales, England and France.

The database contains complete records for 505 digitized images, 125 authors and artists, and 53 individual travel accounts. Images are categorized, described and, where possible, their creators are identified and a biographical note included.

Click on the map image below to be taken to the interactive map showing images by location.

Copyright for each image resides with the source Library. Images are provided for the purpose of research, teaching, private study, and general interest. Written permission should be sought for any commercial use.

PopulationsPast

PopulationsPast, a new online interactive Atlas of Victorian and Edwardian Population, is now live!

Explore regional and local variations in a range of demographic and household indicators and how these changed between 1851 and 1911, zoom in to focus on particular areas, compare two maps side-by-side, and download the underlying data much of which has been calculated from individual level census data. More resources will be added over the coming months.

PopulationsPast was created by a team led by Dr Alice Reid of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (Campop) at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, with help from colleagues at the Universities of Essex and Leicester.

Aerial Photographs – Britain from Above

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, from the south-east, 1921

 

Britain from Above was a four year project (2010 to 2014) aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs in the Aerofilms collection*, those dating from 1919 to 1953. Once conserved, the images were scanned into digital format and made available on the Britain from Above website for the public to see.

*The Aerofilms collection is a unique aerial photographic archive of international importance and includes 1.26 million negatives and more than 2000 photograph albums. Dating from 1919 to 2006, the total collection presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the 20th century. It includes the largest and most significant number of air photographs of Britain taken before 1939. The collection is varied and includes urban, suburban, rural, coastal and industrial scenes, providing important evidence for understanding and managing the built and natural environments. The collection was created by Aerofilms Ltd, a pioneering air survey company set up in 1919. In addition to Aerofilms’ own imagery, the firm expanded its holdings with the purchase of two smaller collections – AeroPictorial (1934-1960) and Airviews (1947-1991).

Photochrom Prints (PPLOC)

Photochrom Print of Corfe Castle in Dorset

The Photochrom Print Collection, which forms part of the Library of Congress Print and Photographs Online Catalog (PPLOC), includes almost 6,000 views of Europe and the Middle East and 500 views of North America.

Published primarily from the 1890s to 1910s, these prints were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan.
The richly coloured images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs, usually 6.5 x 9 inches.

Like postcards, the photochroms feature subjects that appeal to travellers, including landscapes, architecture, street scenes, and daily life and culture. The prints were sold as souvenirs and often collected in albums or framed for display.

There are no known restrictions on publishing.